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Need help picking material for sole for a running shoe

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  1. Feb 16, 2015 #1
    Hello. I am thinking about creating an extremely lightweight running shoe to simulate barefoot running, and I need help on picking a material for the sole.
    1. It has to be cheap
    2.It has to be strong
    3.No Metal
    4.It has to be extremely bendable(able to role up into a tube)
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015
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  3. Feb 16, 2015 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF.

    What are your thoughts so far? What have you tried (both rolling and running)?
     
  4. Feb 16, 2015 #3
    I have tried nothing. I am just brainstorming right now, and will order a selection of materials in the near future.
     
  5. Feb 16, 2015 #4

    berkeman

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    Are you a runner? A barefoot runner? What kind of shoes (or not) do you wear for your runs? Do you run on pavement, dirt, track, or other? :smile:
     
  6. Feb 16, 2015 #5
    I am a minimalist runner, and barefoot runner. My current shoes are the New Balance XC900 (http://minimalistrunningshoes.org/balance-xc900-spike-less-shoe-review) I run on all surfaces, but pavement or other hard man made material.
     
  7. Feb 16, 2015 #6

    berkeman

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    Very cool. I'm too chicken to try barefoot running, so I'll just stick with my asics Gel Kayanos... :smile:

    If you haven't already done it, I'd suggest looking into the properties of various commercially-available rubber sheet materials. You could probably laminate a few layers with different strength/softness characteristics to get a pretty good ~barefoot running sole. I'd think that the key will be in picking the materials in the stack, and figuring out the best way to glue/laminate them.
     
  8. Feb 16, 2015 #7
    Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. I will make sure to send you a pair in the future.
     
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